Notice I didn’t say, “What are the best things to believe;” But, what is the best way to believe?
There’s a way of holding a belief that says, “My belief perfectly contains God, and if you don’t believe it this way and use these words, you don’t have God.”
[Actually, you’ll find this attitude touching more than religious belief systems. It is also encountered in political type discussions. When you combine the two….Whoa….powder keg with burning fuze.]
In my experience, the above way of believing also includes statements like, “This [or that] is [or isn’t] “biblical” or “scriptural.” Now we have a battle of “God-sized” implications.
There’s another way of holding a belief that says, “I know that no words can contain God. But they can point in God’s direction. By looking in the direction these words seem to be pointing my vision and understanding of God seems fuller and helpful to what I understand of His purposes.
One might also say, “I’ve discovered life here. Beauty, hope, freedom, love, and purpose. I’m not saying I’m right and you’re wrong, but I am happy to share with you what I’ve found. I’m also happy to learn from you what you’ve found.”
[These aren’t specific words you use like reading from a telemarketers phone script. It’s simply descriptive of an attitude]
I found myself in a discussion with what many would call a “full blown new-ager.” The interesting thing was that he would respectfully listen to what I had to say, because I granted him the respect that I’m referring to. The reason I know that’s true is because he told me so.
We can say, “Jesus was combative toward error.”
Well….sometimes it might seem so. I don’t (nor do I pretend to) have all of the answers on this issue. I just know in my gizzard that attitude adjustments are very often called for in the way we so often present ourselves and the truths we hold. If you’re a “scrapper” by nature, (that’s code for “bullheaded”) then what’s shared in this article…well, maybe it’s worth some serious consideration.
Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath.”
If your truth and my truth is true, then Colossians 4:6 is in order:
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”